Hateful graffiti written on Liberal Hedy Fry's campaign office window

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      Hedy Fry has won eight straight elections in Vancouver Centre, but after all these years in politics, she still has to endure racism.

      This morning, hateful graffiti was written on the window of the Trinidadian-born physician's campaign office.

      It came after Fry drew attention to similar language used in the past by Nanaimo-Ladysmith Conservative candidate John Hirst on his Facebook page.

      It's been one of the most-read articles over the past few days on this website.

      Fry has not made any mention on her Twitter feed about this recent racist incident targeting her and her staff.

      Instead, she chose to highlight a politically engaged Vancouver Centre resident, Leslie Benisz, who's planning to climbing to the top of the Harbour Centre building 11 times.

      Benisz is doing this to raise funds for the Vancouver Police Foundation and the Canadian Police Memorial Fund.

      "My reasons for attempting such a challenge are to honor those brave men and women in law enforcement who have lost their lives in the line of duty, which Canadians remember the last Sunday in Sept as Police Memorial Day  and also to honor those first responders who lost their lives on Sept 11th, 2001," Benisz wrote on a GoFundMe page.

      Benisz told the Straight back in 2005 that he has Asperger syndrome—and he likes it whenever anyone with a disability shows that they can achieve something.

      He believes that this can inspire others to do the same.


      "It is sad and disappointing to see such hate," Fry tweeted after this story appeared. "Together, we’re a model to the world—diverse people living in peaceful co-existence. #Onward."